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Alice Steege

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Alice Steege age 94 of Fredericksburg, IA, died Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at Wellington Place in Decorah, IA. A private family service will take place at a later date. Alice Elaine Steege passed away peacefully on January 9, 2024, in Decorah, Iowa. Born on August 5, 1929, in Fredericksburg, Iowa, the daughter of Victor and Hilda (Jacobs) Steege. Alice lived a life marked by enthusiasm, dedication, and a sense of wit. Growing up in the heartland of Iowa, Alice attended a country school near Fredericksburg until the 8th grade, later graduating from Fredericksburg High School in 1947. She was a "Tom Boy" at heart, always embracing the adventures of rural life. Her childhood was filled with moments of riding horses and helping on the family farm, laying the groundwork for a lifelong appreciation of nature. In her professional life, Alice began her journey at a local grocery store in her hometown, where she served the community for a couple of years. She then transitioned to Fredericksburg Farmers Produce, dedicating 12 years to the company. With a desire to impact the lives of young people, Alice shifted her career to become a beloved secretary for the Fredericksburg Community School System. For 28 years, she was a fixture in the educational community, her work ethic and lively personality making her a favorite among staff and students alike. Even after her retirement, Alice's commitment to education did not wane. She continued to serve by driving the school bus for various activities, a testament to her enduring dedication to her community. On January 18, 1986, was united in marriage to Glenn Fennemann. Although their paths later diverged, the experiences they shared contributed to the rich tapestry of Alice's life. Alice's interests evolved over the years, but her love for the great outdoors remained constant. In her youth, she was often seen riding horseback in local parades, a vision of grace and freedom. As time went on, she discovered a new passion in camping and fishing, finding serenity and joy in the simplicity of a line cast into the water and nights spent under the stars. Those who knew Alice will remember her as funny, interesting, and full of life. She had an uncanny ability to talk to about anyone and was a people person. Her stories were captivating, often leaving listeners with a sense of wonder and a smile on their faces. Alice is survived by her nieces and nephews, Marvin (Bev) Steege of Fredericksburg, IA, Darrell (Sharon) Steege of Fredericksburg, IA, Calvin (Janet) Steege of Fredericksburg, IA, LaVonne (Wendell) Tank of New Hampton, IA, Merlin (Clara) Wendt of Story City, IA, Lynette (Gary) Rathbone of New Hampton, IA, Rhonda (Larry) Stange of Waucoma, IA, Marc (Linda) Bigelow of Reno, NV, Janice (Duane) Baumler of Decorah, IA; sister-in-law, Darlene Steege of Fredericksburg, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Lyle Steege; and two sisters, Ruth (LaVern) Wendt, and Wilma (Curt) Bigelow.

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  1. Alice was a sweet lady and was wonderful FHS school secretary with smiles and big heart. Sending prayers and deepest sympathy to her family and friends ❤️🙏🙏❤️ from Carla Mikes per fb support issue

  2. Alice was very special to me. I’ve known her since I was a tyke. She was my neighbor when I was young and she was always friendly. Then she was the school secretary at good ol FHS✅ She helped so many young people find their way. She was chaperone to girls sports.🏀 And when I left the Burg we kept in contact. I am so thankful that she was in my life. My sympathy to the Steege family❤️

  3. My husband’s grandmother was a steege so related to Alice she was such a nice lady.Thoughts and Prayers to all!

  4. Lance and I want to send prayers and condolences to Alice’s family. She was a wonderful person and touched the lives of many. Rest in Peace Alice, you were a good and faithful servant!❤️
    Lance and Jan Manson

  5. Countless nights I spent at my great grandparents house. I remember the day finding out her name was Alice and not Great Grandma. 😂 She always had a cookie for me, random butter containers filled with not butter, and an eye for a wrinkle when making the bed. A kind woman who played a significant role in my childhood. Prayers to her family 🩵🩷

  6. So sorry for your loss! We always enjoyed stopping to play with the dog when we would walk by and chatting with her. Such a special lady!

  7. Sending our sympathy to Alice’s family. She was a great neighbor who always kept a good eye on everything.

  8. Judy Forsman, my sister, spent many hours sharing life with Alice.
    I have good memories riding and taking care of her horse (Prince).
    Jerry Whitnable
    Jerry Whitnable

  9. When out walking, I would always stop and talk to Alice when she was sitting out with her dog. Thoughts and prayers to all her family.
    Randy & Mary Jane Leach

  10. Alice was a good person that spent countless hours not only working as the Administrative
    Assistant but also as the chaperone for girls basketball. She did is for the joy of girls basketball. RIP, Alice!

  11. Sending our sympathy to the family. Alice was a very special person. We worked together for many years at the Fredericksburg Community School in the office of the Administration, taking tickets at basketball games, and helping out in many ways. As a neighbor, Jack and I would often stop to visit as we walked by and she always had time to visit when seeing her in church. We shared many phone calls after retirement just to keep in touch.

  12. Alice was always so friendly at school and around town. She was definitely one of a kind!

    John and Jane Melugin Brooks

  13. My sympathies to the Steege family. Alice was a very nice person and always willing to help if someone needed it. 💕 Gladice (Haut) Tidemanson

  14. I feel so sad. Seeing Alice was one of the many highlights of our trips to Iowa. She would always catch fireflies for us, and because they were new to us it felt very magical. Such a warm presence and heart. I will miss her!


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